Review of TAP Air Portugal flight Lisbon Barcelona in Economy

Airline TAP Air Portugal
Flight TP1042
Class Economy
Seat 15A
Aircraft Airbus A320neo
Flight time 01:50
Take-off 01 Feb 23, 20:55
Arrival at 01 Feb 23, 23:45
TP   #70 out of 94 Airlines A minimum of 10 flight-reports within the past two years is required to appear in the rankings. 317 reviews
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Published on 20th December 2023


A visual of my European trip I took in January 2023. Total distance: 4,036mi/6,496km


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This trip report's flight between Lisbon and Barcelona will take an 1hr 40 mins at distance of 619mi/997km


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intorduction


Welcome back to another trip report!
This is a continuation of my one trip itinerary with TAP Air Portugal that originated in Porto to Barcelona via Lisbon this evening. After landing from my previous TAP Express flight from Porto, I had about 3 hours or so to kill here in Lisbon. While here I realized that LIS is not necessarily an airplane spotting friendly airport and there was a scarce amount of seating for one to sit and settle down in between layovers. I did though make my way to the very crowded food court area and got myself a seat there and enjoyed a McDonalds. Since I was disappointed  that I couldn't plane spot any aircraft I spent the remainder of my time editing videos and checking emails. I was however excited for tonight's flight to BCN as it would be operated by an A320neo, it'll be a first for me! Not to mention I got lucky again on this flight and was assigned a window seat 😁.


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As it got closer to departure time I made my way to the flight information board to check on the status on my flight and departure gate. For a quick sec I thought my flight got cancelled as next to where my flight number TP 1042 it said 'cancelled'. But after better analyzing the board I learned that it was TP 1064 to Bilbao that was cancelled. A huge sigh of relief cause I couldn't afford a cancellation on this flight as it's TP's last flight of the day to BCN and I had an AF flight early the next morning to Paris.


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Made my way through the terminal to look for my gate S21.


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Boarding


Boarding began on time and on this flight I was assigned to board with group B.


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After scanning my boarding pass we went down stairs and to my delight we would be boarding our aircraft from a remote stand. A lot of passengers around me though were upset as they expected an airbridge.


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Some information about my plane:
Flight number: TP 1042
Aircraft: Airbus A320-251N
Registration: CS-TVI
Delivered: March 15, 2021
Age: 1.8 years


Here's my beautiful A320neo taking ma across the Iberian peninsula to Barcelona this evening. Interesting fact about this aircraft when I later researched its registration was that it was involved in an incident that left two people dead. 


Bonus : Click here display

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Upon entering the aircraft I was greeted by a kind FA and made my way to my seat.


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Here's my seat 15A.


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Legroom was the standard 28" of pitch. Not terrible for a short flight as this one.


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Tray table/seat back contents


The tray table was a decent size and even had grooves in them to place a tablet and a drink.


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Safety card.


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Air sickness bag.


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BOB Menu.


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Here came the last bus with pax.


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Eventually boarding was complete and tonight we have an extremely light load up to Barcelona this evening. The loads were around 30-35%, everyone pretty much had their own rows to themselves including me :).


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pushback/takeoff


We pushed back 8 minutes ahead of schedule.


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Passed by the LCC terminal where Wizz, Ryanair and Vueling operate out of.


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We lined up on the runway for takeoff.


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Takeoff was smooth and it amazes me how quite these CFMI LEAP-1A are on takeoff. 


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inflight service


About 20 minutes into flight the FA's sprung into the cabin to begin the BOB service. 


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The only complimentary item available was a cup of water.


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As this was a night flight, it was pretty uneventful with nothing to see outside. I took advantage of my row to myself and turned it into a sky couch 😅.


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initial descent


Before I knew it we began our initial descent into BCN.


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Barcelona in the distance.


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We were in a holding pattern for a little bit before we made our final approach into the airport.


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landing/taxi


We lined up on final onto runway 02


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Welcome to Barcelona 🇪🇸!


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We arrived at the gate 10 minutes ahead of schedule.


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deplaning


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One last look at my A320neo, thanks for the safe flight!


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This concludes the trip report, thanks for reading!

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Verdict

TAP Air Portugal

3.9/10
Cabin7.0
Cabin crew7.0
Entertainment/wifi0.5
Meal/catering1.0

Lisbon - LIS

4.5/10
Efficiency4.0
Access6.0
Services4.0
Cleanliness4.0

Barcelona - BCN

6.9/10
Efficiency7.0
Access6.5
Services6.0
Cleanliness8.0

Conclusion

This was a pretty average and uneventful flight on TAP. One thing I have to say would be that the cabin crew on this flight were quite enthusiastic which stood out from my previous TP flights. When boarding the aircraft, they greeted every passenger warmly and everyone seemed to engage with them and not be scared of them which was nice to see 😅. In terms of seat comfort the pitch was tight as you can expect on TP intraeuropean flights and seats also lacked cushion (if any) which I can imagine would start to become uncomfortably on 2+ hr flights.

Information on the route Lisbon (LIS) Barcelona (BCN)

Les contributeurs de Flight-Report ont posté 3 avis concernant 1 compagnies sur la ligne Lisbon (LIS) → Barcelona (BCN).


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La compagnie qui obtient la meilleure moyenne est TAP Air Portugal avec 7.2/10.

La durée moyenne des vols est de 1 heures et 26 minutes.

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  • Comment 641579 by
    KévinDC TEAM SILVER 6719 Comments
    Great report as always! TAP is pretty bare bones but can offer a really good value as they’re often cheaper than the competition. They also have a nice modern fleet, though I wouldn’t wanna be in one of those slimlines for more than 2 hours.

    Thanks for sharing!

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